Inspirational

How to be the Perfect Pastor’s Wife

    All pastor’s wives are not created the same!  There is no cookie cutter kit that came when we were called.  A few years back I ran across something someone (unknown to me) had written, a satire describing the perfect pastor.  I thought it was clever and pointed. I’m going to give you my… Continue reading How to be the Perfect Pastor’s Wife

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There’s No One Like Me

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” Psalm 139: 13-14 When our daughter, Rachel, was little I sang a song to her I learned in an early education class at seminary… Continue reading There’s No One Like Me

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The Prayer of Saint Francis of Assis

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be… Continue reading The Prayer of Saint Francis of Assis

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Temporary Living (version 2)

“I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me.” (Psalm 119:19) I tried to go back in my mind and count how many times we moved and how many houses I lived in during my lifetime, but I gave up. Let’s just say I moved many times before I married Bill,… Continue reading Temporary Living (version 2)

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Let’s All Just Calm Down

          When I was growing up living in Southern California we would make that long drive back and forth to Oklahoma where the rest of our extended family lived. It was the day when cars were uncomfortable and hot. My brother had quite a lot of rambunctiousness in his body. Halfway… Continue reading Let’s All Just Calm Down

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A Million Tiny Decisions

There seem to be so many things we can do to help ourselves become who we hope to be. The one thing we can't do for ourselves is make others have respect for us. All the hard work, energy, strategy, education, manipulation and ambition can't give us the one quality we all long for ...… Continue reading A Million Tiny Decisions

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Words Have a Life of Their Own

My brother once shared a conversation with me where a man in his church had spoken such harsh, hateful words to him.  Not surprisingly, he had been deeply hurt by the words that man spoke to him.  I said, "Mark, just forget it, consider the source, he doesn't even know you."  He said something I… Continue reading Words Have a Life of Their Own

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He’s On Every Page

Jesus is the embodiment of all the O.T. pictures and types.  In fact, you can see Him plainly in every book of the Bible.  He’s on every page.  If you’re reading your Bible and you don’t see Jesus, look again, because He’s there. In Genesis He is our Creator. ... Exodus ... our Passover and… Continue reading He’s On Every Page